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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Inverted Nipples (Overview)

An inverted nipple (occasionally invaginated nipple) is a nipple that, instead of pointing outward, is retracted into the breast.


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What causes inverted nipples?

What causes inverted nipples?

Multiple causes: Inversion of nipple can happen physiologically. In this situation you should be able to evert it by manipulation. If inversion is more fixed and constant but long atanding, it may be due to previous episodes of infection or mastitis. If it is more recent and progressive there is cause for concern. Since it may be due to an underlying malignancy. So, if you notice a new change in your nipple such as inversion, irritation or discharge you definitely need to have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
283 Doctors shared insights

Inverted Nipples (Overview)

An inverted nipple (occasionally invaginated nipple) is a nipple that, instead of pointing outward, is retracted into the breast.


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What does a crusted, scabbed, inverted nipple mean, breast cancer?

What does a crusted, scabbed, inverted nipple mean, breast cancer?

Rule out cancer: If the crusted inverted scabbed nipple is something new then it is important to rule out breast cancer unless you have had an inverted nipple since pubertal growth of the breast. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat inverted nipples?

Yes: First have an evaluation by a breast surgeon to ensure there is no underlying malignant pathology causing the inversion.
This may include a physical exam and breast imaging.

If there is no suspicious findings, the inverted nipple (s) can be corrected by a plastic surgeon. Make an appointment to discuss it with him/her. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a mild case of inverted nipples?

What can I do to treat a mild case of inverted nipples?

Syringe suction: After cutting off the narrow end of the syringe, have mother moisten the smooth (the larger hole) end of a syringe and apply it to her inverted nipple. Then she should gently pull the plunger out for 30 sec to 1 min creating suction to draw the nipple out. This should be repeated several times a day before the baby is born. ...Read more

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How to fix inverted nipples?

How to fix inverted nipples?

Breast feeding shell: If you have inverted nipples and plan to breast feed it is best to begin to draw the nipples out well before delivery. There are simple stretches that your pediatrician or lactation consultant can teach you. Wearing special breast feeding shells before delivery can also help. Breast feeding suction also draw the nipple out. Don't wait, start before delivery-to give your infant an easy latch on. ...Read more

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Is there are treatment for inverted nipples? Embarrassing question?

Is there are treatment for inverted nipples? Embarrassing question?

Yes, surgery: This can be corrected with surgery. I recommend you contact a plastic surgeon who can perform this procedure for best results. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure inverted nipples without surgery?

Is there a way to cure inverted nipples without surgery?

Possibly: There are articles in the literature describinf the use of temporary nipple piercing to correct inverted nipples. The theory is that the scar that develops after removing the piercing helps to keep the nipple from retracting. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of inverted nipples and make them look natural?

How do you get rid of inverted nipples and make them look natural?

Many reasons: There may be many reasons for an inverted nipple but these are broadly categorized into congenital or acquired. Any newly acquired retraction particularly if associated with nipple drainage or bleeding should be urgently evaluated for possible neoplasia. Treatment may compromise the ability to nurse and lactation may help mild cases to resolve so it is best to defer treatment until after children. ...Read more

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I think I have inverted nipples. Will this cause any problems?

Not usually, but may: Inverted nipples can create a problem during breastfeeding by making it more difficult for the baby to properly latch. In some cases, they are also more prone to injury of the nipple surface. Even if the nipples don’t evert on their own, this characteristic should not prevent most women from successfully breastfeeding their children. ...Read more

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I have inverted nipples. Will they ever change for me and how do I get them to go erect?

Inverted Nipples: I recommend trying a non surgical approach called the nipplette. It is a suction device that works for most women. It can be found on line and you do not need a prescription. ...Read more

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If a woman is flat chested, have fluffy inverted nipples, can she breastfeed? What caused this besides genetics? Women in the family have usual breasts.

If a woman is flat chested, have fluffy inverted nipples, can she breastfeed? What caused this besides genetics? Women in the family have usual breasts.

Breast feeding: Despite having small beasts, the glandular elements to produce milk should still function normally and allow you to breast-feed. Inverted nipples sometimes cause a problem with the infant being able to suckle but breast-feeding is still possible. I would recommend seeing a lactation nurse for some tricks and advice. ...Read more

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How to fix inverted nipples?

Breast feeding shell: If you have inverted nipples and plan to breast feed it is best to begin to draw the nipples out well before delivery. There are simple stretches that your pediatrician or lactation consultant can teach you. Wearing special breast feeding shells before delivery can also help. Breast feeding suction also draw the nipple out. Don't wait, start before delivery-to give your infant an easy latch on. ...Read more

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Are inverted nipples common?

Inverted Nipples: It is common if you have always had an inverted nipple then it is usually caused by shotened milk ducts and internal fibrous tissue. If it is a new finding then see your doctor as it may represent a malignancy.
To correc this, I recommend trying a non surgical approach called the nipplette. It is a suction device that works for most women. It can be found on line and you do not need a prescription. ...Read more

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What causes inverted nipples?

Multiple causes: Inversion of nipple can happen physiologically. In this situation you should be able to evert it by manipulation. If inversion is more fixed and constant but long atanding, it may be due to previous episodes of infection or mastitis. If it is more recent and progressive there is cause for concern. Since it may be due to an underlying malignancy. So, if you notice a new change in your nipple such as inversion, irritation or discharge you definitely need to have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Inverted nipples how to correct?

Rule out pathology: First and foremost, see a doctor to evaluate. Have a mammogram and ultrasound. If there are benign findings, or, if chronic, there are procedures to correct. The results of these procedures are relatively modest. Always rule out pathology first. ...Read more

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What to do about inverted nipples?

What to do about inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples: It is not uncommon to have inverted nipples. They are a variant of normal and it usually will not cause any problems. Many women can even breast feed their babies without any problems. ...Read more

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How can you cure inverted nipples?

Can't: They are not a disease, but a normal variety of what people look like - about 10 percent of people. So just feel special. ...Read more

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What causes inverted nipples in women?

Causation: Causes :
inverted nipple is not medically harmful and is quite common. Hereditary is the major cause for inverted nipple since for many women it is inherited by birth. However this kind of shy nipple can be pulled out through stimulation or proper massage when she becomes pregnant. Actual reason for inheriting inverted nipple is the underlying tissues and ligaments of the breast. ...Read more

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How to make my inverted nipples point?

How to make my inverted nipples point?

No-surgery v surgery: There are a variety of approaches for treating inverted nipples beginning with a nipple aspirator or nipplette device proceeding to nipple piercing and then to duct preserving techniques and lastly to duct transection. These are listed in increasing order of severity the last procedure most likely to compromise the ability of lactate and nurse. ...Read more

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What can be done for inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples: Plastic surgery can protract inverted nipples but may prevent ability to breast feed. If the nipples is able to protract then sometimes piercing jewelry can keep it in a protracted state. Some woman who breast feed may experience protraction that remains. ...Read more

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What to do if I have inverted nipples?

Female?: Not to worry, they should evert if you breast feed. ...Read more

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I want to know about inverted nipples?

I want to know about inverted nipples?

No-surgery v surgery: There are a variety of approaches for treating inverted nipples beginning with a nipple aspirator or nipplette device proceeding to nipple piercing and then to duct preserving techniques and lastly to duct transection. These are listed in increasing order of severity the last procedure most likely to compromise the ability of lactate and nurse. ...Read more

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What do men think of inverted nipples?

What do men think of inverted nipples?

Personal choice: This is something that you will need to discuss with your partner. Men have different likes and dislikes. It is important to make sure there is not reason for the inverted nipples (is this new, one or both?). ...Read more

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How to remove inverted nipples (male)?

Male nipples: Some nipples are inverted by development, it is normal. If it becomes inverted as a new change, then that is of concern and you should seek a doctor.
Otherwise plastic surgeon if unhappy with the look. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples ok: It is normal if your nipples have been inverted chronically. Inverted nipples are only a concern if the nipple has always been everted (turned out) and is now inverted. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fix inverted nipples?

Is there a way to fix inverted nipples?

Yes: You'll first want to make sure there is not an abnormality causing the inversion. If this is chronic, then it can be surgically corrected. I recommend finding a good plastic surgeon who can perform this procedure. ...Read more

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Is it atypical to have inverted nipples?

No: Inverted nipples can occur in women. Usually it has been noticed since puberty.

However, if it is something of recent onset, check in with your local breast surgeon to ensure there is nothing going on to cause the nipple inversion. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat inverted nipples?

Yes: First have an evaluation by a breast surgeon to ensure there is no underlying malignant pathology causing the inversion.
This may include a physical exam and breast imaging.

If there is no suspicious findings, the inverted nipple (s) can be corrected by a plastic surgeon. Make an appointment to discuss it with him/her. ...Read more

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How to remove inverted nipples naturally?

You really don't.: The nipples will protrude with stimulation and for breast feeding. ...Read more

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Why do some people have inverted nipples?

Why is one person..: ....5 foot two and another person is 6 foot one? Why are some blond and some brunette? Because different people are made differently. ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more